LITTLE’S LEGEND LIVES ON
The life and works of one of Australia’s most celebrated Aboriginal singer-songwriters will be immortalised in new show Country Song
This column comes to you from the throbbing heart of Khao Lak, Thailand, where Yours Truly is enjoying the sun and exotic “lady boy” entertainment … more on that soon. On Saturday the world premiere season of Country Song will begin at the Cremorne Theatre. Country Song is based on songs and stories about the life of one of Australia’s most celebrated and beloved Aboriginal singersongwriter musicians – Jimmy Little. His is a story of inspiration and hope; a pioneering artist who defied incredible odds as he journeyed from immense poverty and personal tragedy to become one of Australia’s founding country music stars. Jimmy Little’s career spanned six decades and his legacy remains today. In his lifetime he released 34 albums, he had an acting career, he was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame, he won a swathe of awards and he established the Jimmy Little Foundation to assist other indigenous Australians who have kidney disease. Book through QPAC. Spotlight Theatre has announced Deaf Services Queensland will be providing an interpreter for hearingimpaired patrons at their production of Dreamland on July 11 for the 10.30am performance. Deaf Services Queensland is delighted to be supporting Auslan Stage Left to train a new team of local interpreters to create access to the local theatre culture to the deaf and hard of hearing community. Spotlight hopes this will be the beginning of a new relationship that will enable them to do this for all of their shows in the future. Brett Casey, CEO for Deaf Services Queensland, says: “Interpreted theatre and the arts opportunities are few and far between in the Sunshine State and this training provides a great first step to broadening the opportunities available to deaf and hard of hearing people to participate in their local arts scene.” Dressing Roomers hears Tams-Witmark Music Library musicals will now be available for license from Origin Theatrical for the first time in Australia and New Zealand. This is good news for all directors keen to present shows formerly licensed by Tams-Witmark in New York (this involved much correspondence with the overseas company, taking into account differing time zones etc.) To apply for a licence for shows previously held by TM New York, just contact origintheatrical.com.au In rehearsal on the Gold Coast this week are GCLT’s Private Lives, Spotlight’s Legally Blonde and Javeenbah’s Hotel Sorrento. Currently playing is Ballina Player’s Oliver. In another bout of nostalgia, Top Hat Productions will present Cocktails with Noel & Gertie – A Marvellous Party at Spotlight’s Basement Theatre, opening on September 17. The show is an expanded version of the two-hander Tony Alcock and Yours Truly took on tour some years ago. This time the role of Noel Coward will be played by Rob Horton, a fine professional actor who was last seen playing the priest in GCLT’s Romeo and Juliet. I will be playing Gertrude Lawrence, with appearances as Ethel Merman, Cole Porter, Yul Brynner, Andre Charlot and Marlene Dietrich played by veteran music theatre leading lady Sheila Bradley, DoubleMo award winner Kirri Adams, Golden Palms nominee Martin Jennings and others to be announced. Bookings are now open on 5539 4255. School holiday fun continues with Queensland Theatre of Puppetry’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Gerda Pinter Pavilion, Macintosh Island Park, Surfers Paradise. It plays weekdays at 9.30am and 11am until July 10. Spotlight is presenting Dreamland, a contemporary pantomime, as their July school holiday show. Book at spotlighttheatre. com.au or call 5539 4255. Also coming up tomorrow night is the Gold Coast Jazz and Blues Club’s Cakewalk into Town, with the Braben-Jenner Hot Five. Shows at 7.30pm at the Paradise Room, The Arts Centre Gold Coast. Book at the box office on 5588 4000 or at goldcoastjazzclub.com. Spotlight Theatre will present their own Golden Girls in Morning Melodies on July 22 at 10.30am. The Spotlight Golden Girls are celebrating 25 years of entertaining residents in various nursing homes and aged care facilities on the Gold Coast. The girls perform more than 100 free shows each year. All are in their golden years and are aided and abetted by Eula pianist and musical director Marilyn Hodge. There’s only one show, contact Doreen on 0403 810 940 for more info and to book. Cost is $16 including morning tea.
Michael Tuahine plays Jimmy Little in the QTC production of
at Cremorne Theatre, QPAC.